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"Quintessential psychedelic stoner rock." "The wonderfully named Pharaoh Overlord is the instrumental psychedelic 'stoner rock' side project of Circle's Jussi Lehtisalo and friends. The repetitive pulse of Circle jacked into some amped up, blown out Kyuss-worthy riffage. Here comes these Finnish freaks' third album, and it's more like their spacey rockin' debut than the more experimental, mellow menace of Pharaoh Overlord
. It's a live record, with versions of two songs from their 1st album and one from their 2nd, plus two new compositions (also rendered live). And the nature of this music means that live may well be superior to studio, due to the element of psychedelic improv exploration at play and the energy being projected. And the speaker shredding 'production' as well. A rumbling, bashing, single-minded beast. Not unlike Skullflower's
Exquisite Fucking Boredom
. The live sound is gritty, super-sludgy, with a bit of that Doktor Kettu murk." -- Aquarius.
"Formed in Finland by guitarist Jussi Lehtisalo, the songwriting force behind cult Finnish band Circle, Pharaoh Overlord came together with the intention of creating vastly minimal, psychedelic music. Some may call it 'Stoner Rock' -- but we're not gonna go there, although it is true that anyone with an altered state of mind could easily get lost in the repetition found on Pharaoh Overlords' second record. Influenced by the groove and fuzz of 70's hard rock, the Overlords strip it down to the bare essentials of minimalism. Jamscapes built around heavy rhythms that are just waiting to explode, but they rarely do, and that's the beauty of it. The six tracks on this album stretch across time and space where the quietest rumble of a guitar can feel like the end of the world.
may certainly put you in a relaxed state, but don't get too comfortable, man. Trouble is right around the corner."
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